Preparing your residency application requires time and there are deadlines and instructions specific to the medical specialty you choose. At times the process can be daunting, however, there are advisors, information and resources available to assist you throughout.
Advising – Specialty Advisor
Obtain a Specialty Advisor who can help review your CV, personal statement, and assist the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Office of Student Affairs staff, as well as your Societies mentor, in helping you through the residency application process.
ERAS – Electronic Residency Application Service
The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) is an AAMC service that transmits residency applications, letters of recommendation, Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs), transcripts, and other supporting credentials from medical schools to residency program directors via the internet. The application requires information about you that is typical to any application process, but in addition, there are specific documents and associated instructions like the instructions for submitting letters of recommendation, for example, that are unique to this process.
There are two major sections in MyERAS. These pages include brief descriptions of key information required in each section, but students are strongly encouraged to review the MyERAS User Guide for more detailed instructions:
Your first step in completing your residency application is to register for MyERAS. In order to do so, you must obtain an ERAS token from the Student Affairs Office, which they will distribute in May of Year 3.
ERAS Timeline for Residency Applicants
Each year, the AAMC publishes a timeline of important dates, such as when the application season opens, when schools begin generating / distributing ERAS tokens to applicants, and when the MSPEs are released to the residency programs. Find the ERAS 2016 Timeline for Residency Applicants here.
Review the ERAS Residency Applicant Checklist [PDF] to make sure you completed all the tasks for successfully submitting your application.
ERAS Application Cost and Fees
The cost of the applications depends on the number of programs the applicant is applying to per specialty. There is also a one-time fee for the USMLE transcript. For the most current fee structure, see the ERAS Application Fees website.
Check out the Tools for Residency Applicants page, which hosts the following useful MyERAS application resources:
- MyERAS Residency User Guide: The guide includes instructions and helpful descriptions of information appropriate for each application field. It also provides tips for how to complete the online application form successfully.
- Residency Application Timeline: The timeline provides important dates in the application process and about Match.
- MyERAS Application Worksheet: This is a blank worksheet that includes all the required fields in the application. This allows the applicant to preview the application and collect all necessary information before completing the actual online form.
- ERAS Residency Applicant Checklist: This list of tasks helps the applicant ensure that s/he does not miss a requirement for successful submission of the application.
- ERAS for Residency Applicants FAQ: This page is updated throughout the application season so only information relevant to your experience with the residency application service/system is posted.